Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Perfect Pumpkin Cookies

First, I gave the girls their own "tasting plate" of the ingredients we would be using to bake our cookies. 

Kelsey drew the first smiley face (chocolate chips) but quickly tired so I made the rest of the circles and she added the facial features to express if she liked (all but 2) or disliked (vanilla & cinnamon) the taste of the ingredients. 

I drew recipe cards and wrote out each ingredient needed to make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe from our friend Anita Grafe, must give credit where credit is due).

1 1/2 c softened butter, 2 c brown sugar, 1 c sugar (cream with hand mixer or in blender)
Add a 15 ounce can pumpkin which is almost 2 cups, so i just add 2 cups since i buy a GIANT can and couldnt figure out exact ounces, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla. (mixer) In a very large bowl (we just used our biggest cooking pot for more space) 4 c flour, 2 cup oats, 2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt (stir well) Add the creamed mixture to the bowl of dry mixture. Mix. Add in 2 c chocolate chips. BAKE 350 for 12 minutes (light brown). Cool for about a minute on baking sheet then transfer to rack. This batch made about 100 DELICIOUS cookies.
The girls read the recipe cards, counted, and scooped ingredients with little assistance.

The girls worked together to bake...As supervisor I reminded them that they got to try all the ingredients on their tasting plates and they should try to wait until we were done, instead of sticking their fingers in the batter & to put the cookies in and out of the oven.

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